After a year of injury and illness, Zimbabwe fast bowler Kyle Jarvis announced his retirement. He made his international debut in 2009 and played 13 Tests, 49 T20Is, 22 ODIs, and 22 ODIs. He also picked up 46, 56, and 28 wickets.
Jarvis suffered from a trio of diseases, including Covid-19 and malaria, earlier in the year. He then revealed that he would not be able to play cricket for six months. In January 2020, he was not able to play in the first test against Sri Lanka. He lost his wicket in Zimbabwe’s 10-wicket defeat. He was unable to play in the second test due to a back injury and required extensive rehabilitation.
Jarvis stated in a media interaction that he had injured his back in a match against Sri Lanka at the beginning of 2020. I came back and became fit again, but just as I got back into the game, I got this illness that set me back even further. After all the uncertainty, I realized I had to look for a new career after cricket. It wasn’t because I thought I couldn’t come back, but I was determined to do something on the side.”
After a strong performance in the Under-19 World Cup 2008, Jarvis was quickly drafted into the Zimbabwe team. He made his ODI debut in October 2009. Jarvis was then selected for Zimbabwe’s series against South Africa and Bangladesh. He was later sidelined with a string of injuries. His return to international cricket coincided perfectly with Zimbabwe’s return into the Test fold. In August 2011, he made his Test debut in Harare against Bangladesh, where he took five wickets in two innings.
Jarvis claimed five out of 64 against New Zealand later in the season and took it as a sign he was there. My first Test five-for against New Zealand in Bulawayo is a big one. He said that it was a moment when I realized I was capable of playing at that level.
He left Zimbabwe to play county cricket in Lancashire in 2013. Zimbabwe Cricket was in a financial crisis at the time. Players were not receiving their payments on time. Jarvis was looking for financial security and quickly became one of the most valuable players on the team. He could not play in the 2015 World Cup due to the agreement and will not be playing in the 50-over World Cup. Jarvis was Zimbabwe’s representative in the 2012 T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
He signed a Lancashire contract in September 2017 and began his international career with Zimbabwe. He played five Tests, taking 16 wickets at 25.12, including seven wickets against Bangladesh in Dhaka, November 2018. In addition, he was involved in 25 ODIs in which he took 31 wickets for an average of 27.96. This is significantly lower than his overall average, which was 36.00. He said that he felt his last three years of international cricket had been his best. “I am glad of what I achieved at the end there.”
His form was improving, and he has fully recovered from the illness and injury. However, the 32-year-old said that he had made plans to pursue a different career during this period.
“I made a complete recovery from both. I train daily, whether it’s in the gym or playing football. It’s impossible to predict if I will be able to play at the same level as before. He said, “I think I could if I put my mind to it, but I have made peace.”
Jarvis plans to coach, but he has other business interests. Jarvis said, “I have a vehicle import/export business, a used car dealer here in Zimbabwe, and I am opening a restaurant.” He said that although it is crazy to open a restaurant during these turbulent times, he believes we can make it work. “And I hope that I won’t forget that. “I would like to be part of Zimbabwe cricket in any capacity moving forward.”
Jarvis was born in Harare on 16 February 1989. He is one of the most promising speedsters to emerge from Zimbabwe. With his muscular build and tall frame, many believed Jarvis would be a great strike bowler when he appeared on the scene. He hasn’t been able to live up to his potential at the International level.
Kyle Jarvis is the son of Malcolm Jarvis, a former Zimbabwean bowler. He was the strike bowler for Zimbabwe at the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia in 2008. Kyle was quickly promoted to the Zimbabwe squad by Heath Streak, a former Zimbabwe fast bowler. With figures of 3/36, he made an impact against Kenya in October 2009. Although he impressed everyone with his speed and raw pace, his first game against top opposition was disastrous. In his 10th overs against South Africa at Centurion in November 2009, he conceded 76 runs.
He could not continue the tour due to a stress fracture sustained during his 2009-10 tour to West Indies. His return to international cricket was positive. In August 2011, he made his Test debut in Harare against Bangladesh. This was Zimbabwe’s first Test match in nearly six years. Jarvis’s ability to hit the ball well and at a fast pace over the next two seasons continued to impress.
Jarvis made a massive decision in 2013 when he quit International cricket because of a dispute with the board. Jarvis joined Lancashire in 2015 and was the top wicket-taker for the club in the County Championship in 2016. Jarvis was a crucial player in the promotion of Lancashire to the top division.
Jarvis left Lancashire in 2017 and returned to Zimbabwe to continue his international career. Jarvis, a fast bowler, was due to end his contract in 2018, but he resigned a year before the deadline.
He has played in the historic four-day test match against South Africa since his return. Zimbabwe hopes that he will play an essential role in their qualification campaign for the 2019 World Cup.
Title: Kyle Jarvis, Zimbabwe’s fast bowler, has retired from all cricket
Posted On: 17/06/2021
Author: Tony Willets